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what is your favorite paddle? and why?

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Submitted by mulus on Wed, 12/05/2007 - 6:17am

Grabs a lot of water and check out that ergonomic s-bend.

#1 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 7:10am

This guy's got terrible technique, but that paddle is SWEET!

#2 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 9:35am

Goto you talking about the girl right? Her back is arched completely the wrong way. I can spot amateurs in a second..

#3 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 12:29pm

this is my paddle there is no other like it and this one is mine

#4 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 2:13pm

mmm, nice paddling !

#5 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 3:24pm

I make the blades some time and I ask but they just say there nice paddles.shoot me straight. I see 8 1/2 too 14 inch blades from 54 to 47 lengths I use a 10 inch wood by 52 and 19 onnces or so.

#6 Wed, 12/05/2007 - 10:40pm

I just recieved a set of paddles from Quick blade special order 9 3/4 bladdes by 52 Nice I think i will keep the best 2 and let go of the rest.

#7 Fri, 12/07/2007 - 9:25pm

Makana Alii. Hawaiian built, by two semi good looking Pakes and one, could be, Hollywood movie starlett.

#8 Mon, 12/10/2007 - 7:30pm

Personally, i am a kialoa guy, so thats all you're going to hear out of me. I have a Kialoa Kalo, its a wood paddle and i love it. Its light, its quick through the water and when you really need to go, it responds. I have tried some of my friends hybrids, and personally, i think they are too light persay. i know it probably sounds dumb, but to me, (since i only paddle distance in ILH season), it feels too light in my hands and feels like its gonna break. In distance season, its probably good thats its light. Well i hope my input has helped.

Good Luck,

"Feel da Mana, Feel da Kai. PADDLES UP! It's wa'a time"

#9 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 7:22pm

I have always been a Moana Nui fan, but also love the P2 from Xylo and the Axel (1) hybrid from Kialoa.
Marty from Xylo got it right with the P2.
a teaspoon that holds water like a large shovel.
His tuff stuff around the blade was a first, also.
Not many paddle makers have matched the quality with their form of tuff stuff
It seems to me that most paddle makers have worked their designs around the P2. I could be wrong.

#10 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 8:39pm

My ultimate paddle would be a:

  • Moana Nui wooden shaft
    -with a thin firm carbon blade in the shape of a P2.

Oh and a Jim Wiki, D-bar (T-bar) . Is slightly angle for egomomic wrist angle and has nice feel. You have to have tried one to know that there is a difference.

#11 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 8:50pm

I really like the blades that are coming out of Waianae right now...the Mana X2 is strong, light and has a great catch and clean release...I also like my Kialoa Lanikai....

#12 Mon, 07/21/2008 - 9:45pm

Kialoa's....Meg and Dave Rock!! They have done so much for outrigger canoeing. Wish them much more success.

#13 Tue, 07/22/2008 - 9:34am

I've got a Kia Kaha that I like.

Fuzerider tried it last weekend at a demo. In fact everyone tried it. Fuzerider said he like it because "it was quiet."

None of my paddles talk, I don't let them. this paddling stuff is serious. Even my Ching steering paddle knows to be quiet and you know how it is with steering paddles.

Maybe I didn't understand his comment.
"Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm" - Syrus Publilius

#14 Fri, 07/25/2008 - 3:40am

Where do you guys feel ZRE fits into the mix for OCs? They are pretty much the blade of choice for canoe racing for some of our marathon and ultra-marathon events in the land-locked parts of the country? Do ZRE blades even have a presence in the OC community?

#15 Fri, 07/25/2008 - 10:35am

A lot of people use them. OC-1 seems to be a more broader application of the paddle, but I have seem them used in the six.

#16 Fri, 07/25/2008 - 11:12am

I used a lightweight ZRE PowerSurge flexi-shaft outrigger blade in the Murray Marathon. Great for ultra distance racing but too lightweight and fragile for OC6 where you need some swing weight.

Generally try to avoid carbon shaft paddles in an OC6, any damage to the shaft from the Gunnel's will most likely snap it under load and paddlers have had their arms slashed when this happens.

Cheers Rambo

#17 Fri, 07/25/2008 - 1:41pm

I love my xylo blade for sure. I also have a tahitian paddle thats great to. I Switch between those 2 depending on the conditions.

#18 Fri, 07/25/2008 - 8:01pm

totally agree with jpi. i have used a friends xylo before, and its very light for a wooden paddle. Is your tahitian paddle a tahiti rame?

#19 Thu, 08/07/2008 - 11:54am

Tahiti Rame number one :)
(or a kialoa) :)

#20 Wed, 08/13/2008 - 10:32pm

Yeah its a Tahiti Rame. I have tried several of the paddles from over there and think they are the most comfortable paddles I have tried yet. My changes seem to go faster and smoother with them as well. not sure if thats really the paddle or just in my head but they seem to work for meso thats what im going with. Lucky I have several friends who go there a few times a year!

#21 Fri, 08/22/2008 - 2:00am

tahiti rame available in Hawaii and US at
That's where I got mine here...

#22 Fri, 08/22/2008 - 2:49pm

If you can put your hands on one, you should give a try to "Huahine Rame". Timber, strong and light paddles. Compared to them, the "Tahiti Rame" feels heavy.

#23 Fri, 08/22/2008 - 2:58pm

I just got a Tahiti Rame from a guy who paddles with us whenever he is here from Tahiti, and I love it. Got it for V1 and V3 specifically and it sure is nice looking too!

#24 Fri, 08/22/2008 - 6:08pm

If anyone wants a 47" barely used Tahiti Rame I am selling one. Please dont crucify me for saying this here, and yes, I did post a classified.

#25 Fri, 08/22/2008 - 7:16pm

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